Definition of Sanctuary

1. Noun. A consecrated place where sacred objects are kept.

Specialized synonyms: Holy Of Holies, Sanctum Sanctorum, Tabernacle
Generic synonyms: Place, Property



2. Noun. A shelter from danger or hardship.
Exact synonyms: Asylum, Refuge
Specialized synonyms: Harbor, Harbour, Safehold, Safe House
Generic synonyms: Shelter

3. Noun. Area around the altar of a church for the clergy and choir; often enclosed by a lattice or railing.
Exact synonyms: Bema, Chancel
Generic synonyms: Area
Terms within: Choir
Group relationships: Church, Church Building

Definition of Sanctuary

1. n. A sacred place; a consecrated spot; a holy and inviolable site.

Definition of Sanctuary

1. Noun. A place of safety, refuge(,) or protection. ¹

2. Noun. An area set aside for protection. ¹

3. Noun. A state of being protected, asylum. ¹

4. Noun. The consecrated (or sacred) area of a church or temple around its tabernacle or altar. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Sanctuary

1. [n -RIES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Sanctuary

sanctionary
sanctionative
sanctioned
sanctioning
sanctionless
sanctions
sanctities
sanctitude
sanctitudes
sanctity
sanctuaries
sanctuarize
sanctuarized
sanctuarizes
sanctuarizing
sanctuary
sanctuarylike
sanctum
sanctum sanctorum
sanctum santorum
sanctums
sanctus
sanctus bell
sand
sand-art
sand-blind
sand-crack
sand-grouse
sand-martin
sand art

Literary usage of Sanctuary

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1. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Violation of the protection of sanctuary was punishable by excommunication. In some cases there was a stone seat within the church, called the "frith- ..."

2. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Violation of the protection of sanctuary was punishable by excommunication. In some cases there was a stone seat within the church, called the "frith- ..."

3. The Englishman's Hebrew and Chaldee Concordance of the Old Testament by George V. Wigram (1866)
"Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary t nor profane the sanctuary of his God ... Until 1 went into the sanctuary of God ; 78;tit), he built his sanctuary ..."

4. Commentaries on the Laws of England by Herbert Broom, Edward Alfred Hadley, William Wait, William Blackstone (1875)
"Formerly indeed, there was another plea, now abrogated, that of sanctuary; a brief reference to which may throw some light upon parts of our ancient ..."

5. London and Its Environs: Handbook for Travellers by Karl Baedeker (Firm), Karl Baedeker (1911)
"Hanging from the arch between the nave and the Sanctuary is a huge Cross (30 ft. in ... The high-altar in the sanctuary consists of a single block of grey ..."

6. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Violation of the protection of sanctuary was punishable by excommunication. In some cases there was a stone seat within the church, called the "frith- ..."

7. The Catholic Encyclopedia: An International Work of Reference on the by Charles George Herbermann (1913)
"Violation of the protection of sanctuary was punishable by excommunication. In some cases there was a stone seat within the church, called the "frith- ..."

8. The Englishman's Hebrew and Chaldee Concordance of the Old Testament by George V. Wigram (1866)
"Neither shall he go out of the sanctuary t nor profane the sanctuary of his God ... Until 1 went into the sanctuary of God ; 78;tit), he built his sanctuary ..."

9. Commentaries on the Laws of England by Herbert Broom, Edward Alfred Hadley, William Wait, William Blackstone (1875)
"Formerly indeed, there was another plea, now abrogated, that of sanctuary; a brief reference to which may throw some light upon parts of our ancient ..."

10. London and Its Environs: Handbook for Travellers by Karl Baedeker (Firm), Karl Baedeker (1911)
"Hanging from the arch between the nave and the Sanctuary is a huge Cross (30 ft. in ... The high-altar in the sanctuary consists of a single block of grey ..."

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